2019 Projects

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Thomas Pestell, a 17th-century Vicar of Packington

The true story of what happened to a local clergyman and his family during the English Civil Wars. This was the biggest project we have undertaken to date and was supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This project has its own page here.

The Harris Family receive
the Freedom of the Town of Ashby de la Zouch

This honour was given to the Harris family, the owners of Pat Collins Fairs, as part of events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Ashby annual street fair now known as The Statutes.


An Audience with Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris, CEO of Pat Collins Fairs, talks about the history of the fair, his family and their long association with Ashby de la Zouch.

Ashby Public Art Project

North West Leicestershire District Council commissioned artist Adrian Moakes to create a piece of public art for the town centre. We were asked to film the project. We started by filming Adrian at one of his "meet the artist" sessions and at one of the workshops in a local primary school. The children's designs were eventually incorporated into the finished sculpture and into an additional art piece which was a floorscape. We filmed Adrian in his workshop in Manchester as well as filming the installation and unveiling of the finished pieces of work.

 

 

 

 

 

The Ferrers Murder

In 1760, the 4th Earl Ferrers of Staunton Harold Hall, shot and fatally wounded his steward, John Johnson. As a result, Ferrers was the last English peer to be hanged. This film was made with the children of Grace Dieu Manor School.

Diseworth Heritage Centre
First World War Project

The volunteers at Diseworth devised a project, working with two local primary schools, which looked at communication between troops and their families in the First World War. The children wrote letters in the role of soldiers who appeared on the war memorials in the village and also wrote the imagined replies from their families. They then looked at how members of the modern armed forces communicate with their families and did the same thing. The children's letters and messages were then made into a clever two-person play written by Andrew McWilliam of Chorus Theatre and acted by two professional actors. We were asked to film the play and record the children reading out their letters. This film is not currently on YouTube.

Project Enlightenment 

This was a Leicestershire Museums' project which took place at the 1620s House and Garden in Donington le Heath. Funded by the Arts Council, Charnwood Arts and involving several primary schools, local theatre groups were invited to devise activities for the children, which depicted the history of the house and its occupants in the early 17th century and the ideas and thinking of the time, when magic and superstition were being superceded by science. We were asked to record the project as the official documentary film makers. These films are not currently on YouTube.

 

 

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